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the Yankees took the next three games

 
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Fortunately, there's no one they'd rather have on the mound than Verlander, who pitched a complete-game gem on Saturday to help the Astros secure a two-game lead. After three losses in New York, it's back to Joc Pederson Authentic Jersey Verlander for a rematch with right-hander Luis Severino and the Yankees at Minute Maid Park.

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"He's been there," Joe Blanton Authentic Jersey Astros outfielder Josh Reddick said. "He's had success there. He builds off that experience, which makes it a comfort level for him. He knows how to dig back and take those outings and build off them in the future."

Verlander, a 13-year veteran who has started four potential elimination games, has won each of his past three, two of them coming against Reddick's former club, the A's, in Game 5 of the AL Division Series in 2012 and '13. His ERA in elimination games sits at 1.48.

"He raises the bar," Josh Fields Authentic Jersey Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "His presence will immediately make everybody sit up straight, stand up a little more, have a little bit more energy. It's hard to measure. It's hard to fake. You either have it or you don't. Verlander has it."

The right-hander racked up 13 strikeouts against the Yankees in Game 2, yielding just one run and going the distance while his teammates went to work in the ninth and staged a dramatic walk-off victory to make a winner out of Verlander.

The scene brought to Josh Ravin Authentic Jersey light the kind of moments Verlander envisioned when he agreed to waive his no-trade clause and join the Astros via Detroit at the waiver Trade Deadline on Aug. 31."I think so far I've done what they've asked or what they've needed of me to help the rotation and get deep in the playoffs," Verlander said. "This is obviously the biggest game for the Astros up to this point of the season. The expectations are there. My teammates, I'm sure, are expecting a lot of me. And I expect a lot of myself. This is why we play the game. And I love these opportunities to pitch in these atmospheres, this type of game."

The workhorse totaled 124 pitches (93 strikes) in a gritty display in Game 2. He held the Yankees to five hits and one walk, and was rewarded for his effort when Carlos Correa doubled home Jose Altuve from first base with the winning run in the home half of the ninth.

Verlander stuck with his four-seam fastball 57.3 percent of the time, throwing it at a 77.5-percent strike rate, per Statcast. His slider was just as effective, resulting in a strike 77.5 percent of the time.
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